The New American

A biweekly news magazine of Constitutional politics in the United States. Articles include expert analysis of current events, editorial commentary, free-market economics, history, and culture. Published by the John Birch Society.

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 16, August 8

A World Wide Web of Oppression
A United Nations-appointed panel has done it again. Or not done it again, depending on your perspective. What did they do? They convened purportedly on behalf of the best interests of every man, woman, and child on the lace of the Earth--this time...
Behind the Roberts Nomination
Federal Judge John G. Roberts, Jr., who has been selected by President Bush to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Sandra Day O'Connor's resignation, has been described as a conservative-leaning jurist with a thin and enigmatic record. Roberts...
Biased Coverage
In Richmond, Virginia, an intended robbery victim shot and killed a teenager who had held him up at gunpoint. In reporting the story, a local paper, the Times-Dispatch, gave a very biased account of that incident in the obvious hope that the reporting...
CAFTA, Codex, and the War against Vitamins
One purpose of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), according to the preamble to the pact, would be to define the "respective rights and obligations" of its member nations (including the United States) "under the ... agreement establishing...
Casting Aside Justice: By Claiming the Power to Imprison Terrorist Suspects without Trial, or to Send Them Abroad to Be Tortured by Foreign Secret Police, President Bush Is Creating Precedents That Imperil the Rights of U.S. Citizens
We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship....
Defector: Putin's KGB Trained Top Al-Qaeda Terrorists
Ayman al-Zawahiri, the reputed Number 2 chief in al-Qaeda and the man second only to Osama bin Laden on the FBI's "Most Wanted Terrorists" list, was trained by the Russian FSB (formerly known as the KGB). That's the story told by ex-FSB officer Alexander...
Father of the Bill of Rights: By Drafting the Virginia Declaration of Rights, on Which the U.S. Bill of Rights Was Based, George Mason Left a Legacy of Freedom for Future Generations
As Americans, we like to throw phrases around, such as "the right to bear arms" and "the right to free speech," the "right to a fair trial," and "the right to peaceful assembly." And most Americans have at least a vague notion that these "rights" are...
Global Balminess
ITEM: The president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, Kevin Knobloch, complained that the U.S. "set back progress on global warming" at the G-8 summit in July. In a statement published in the Kansas City (Mo.) infoZine on July 9, Knobloch claimed:...
Huntsman's Amnesty "Alliance"
Utah's present governor, Jon Huntsman, Jr., a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, plans to present the Western Governors Association with an ambitious program to deal with the immigration crisis. The Huntsman plan would build on Utah's "Alliance...
London Bombings: More Balkans Blow-Back?
Who is "al-Qaeda of Europe," the previously unknown terrorist group claiming responsibility for the murderous London bombings? Three of the suspected suicide bombers (all killed in the explosions) were immigrants from Pakistan: Mohammed Sidique Khan,...
Rulings Not Etched in Stone: The Recent Supreme Court Decisions on the Legality of Placing the Ten Commandments in Public Places-One Allowing Their Exhibition, and One Disallowing Them-Illustrate the Twisted Logic of the Anti-Religious Justices
Moses would not have been pleased. The Supreme Court seemed to be halting between two opinions when, on June 27, the justices narrowly upheld a Texas Ten Commandments display while striking down another display in Kentucky. Each was a 5-4 decision....
Self-Defense in the District
ITEM: The Boston Phoenix for June 24-30 expressed concern that U.S. senators "want to pack heat in [the] capital," and poked fun at Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) because she "can't even keep a .357Magnum in her house." For 12 years, chided...
Teen Helps Cancer Patients
Six years ago, when Anthony Leanna of Suamico, Wisconsin, was eight years old, his grandmother, Darlene Chartier, was hospitalized with cancer. On many occasions while visiting his grandmother at the hospital where she was being treated, Anthony met...
The Conservative Index: Our First Look at the 109th Congress Shows How Every Member of the House and Senate Voted on Key Issues, Including Abortion, the WTO, CAFTA, and UN "Reforms."
House Vote Descriptions 1 Permanent Repeal of Estate Tax. Rep. Kenny Hulshof (R-Mo.) sponsored this bill (H.R. 8) to permanently repeal the estate tax, commonly known as the "death tax." Under current law, the estate tax will be phased out by 2010,...